Today was Christian's second follow up appointment for his neck fracture and thoracic fusion. They took x-rays of both and both are looking good. Share This Update!
His thoracic fusion: Hasn't moved at all and he can start weening off of his Jewett body brace. He took it off for about a half hour today and his core was shaking. This week he's allowed to have it off for a total or two hours each day. :-)
His C2 facture: Has only moved .07 mm which is good. His surgeon said he was suprised that it hadn't moved any more than that. This is a very good sign for union but we still won't know about that for another 6 weeks.
His next follow up appointment is on Tuesday, November 19th. We'll know then if he'll need neck surgery or not. We're both keeping our fingers and tossed crossed!
On a side note: We're still waiting to here back from Centura (St. Anthony's) to see if they'll be willing to work with us. Keeping everything crossed for that too.
Christian took a field trip down to Room & Board yesterday. We try to keep him out of the car as much as possible since a small bumper to bumper accident could be dangerous for him but he needs a desk chair and we haven't had much luck ordering them online and trying them out. So we drove down to Cherry Creek and found one that fits him, the only one the sales person thinks we will find him. It's expensive, kind of cool looking and of course, out of stuck. It does fit him well because it is adjustable in the thoracic area and we can make it hug his back almost perfectly. Hopefully it'll show up in the next week or so and Christian will be able to sit semi comfortable, for short periods of time, at a computer. Share This Update!
I'm kind of jealous. I want a sexy chair...
Sorry, I haven't updated in a while. Life is very hectic, as you can imagine. Share This Update!
On 9/12 Christian had his trauma follow up and they said everything was good. We found out that Christian actually have TWO skull fractures, they just failed to mention that in the hospital. They're both doing well, he just gets dizzy when he rolls over sometimes.
Overall, he is doing okay. He can walk for 30-60 minutes most days - slowly of course and I have him on a pretty basic PT program, lifting no more than 5 lbs at this point, usually less. I'm sure it is incredible frustrating to him. He has always been a go hard and heavy or light and fast kind of guy, never a light and slow one. I'm sure right about now he would want to interject something about how the slower you are, the more objective risk.. blah, blah, blah. :-)
Nothing too exciting really, we're taking it one day at a time. He's still in a bit of pain and he still can't do much but in time. We're hoping his Jewett body brace comes off in another 3 weeks and then he will be allowed to bend, lift and twist - at least a little bit.
Christian had his spine and neck follow up appointment. The doc said his back looks good and his neck is "acceptable". He still thinks the neck will heal and we have another follow up appointment in 4 weeks. At that point, he should be able to take off his Jewett brace. Share This Update!
On the plus, the car ride there went well. The one back was a little more painful but definitely an approvement.
Please keep the positive thoughts coming!
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This is a new donation page for Christian because the other one charged a 7% fee and this one is free. Hopefully this isn't too inconvenient for anyone.
Starting off from where we left off on the last one...
- Christian is enjoying be home and the cats are enjoying it too. Weenie insists on sitting on his lap everytime he sits down and she tries to lay on his head when he's in bed. We're trying to stop that. Katie is sitting watch, something has his dad cat by the neck. Dusty isn't quite sure about that neck thing either and Sue thinks she can rub it away.
- Christian is quite frustrated because a lot of the things he thought he could get back to are proving to be even harder than expected. Cars are a no for the time being because of all of the bumps and lack of neck stability, our showers are not ideal for shower chairs, even preparing his own meals is painful and difficult since he can't look down.
- We should have a follow up appointment with a spine surgeon in the next 1-2 weeks. At that appointment they'll take x-rays of his spine and we should know how much longer he needs to wear his Jewett brace. They'll also x-ray his neck to see if it's healing or if it's moved at all.
- I'm trying to keep Christian as active as possible. He's very tired though so he needs distractions and encouragement. If you're in the area, please consider stopping by to keep him company and to go on short walks with him. The more active he is now, the better his recovery will be.
Thanks again for all of your continued support.